STAMFORD — Police have identified the 74-year-old woman who was killed in her Westover home on Monday as Eden Claxton.
Police are being tight-lipped about the circumstances surrounding the death of a woman who was killed in her Westover home on Monday, but said they have interviewed the homeowner.
Lt. Tom Barcello said police are questioning Allen Claxton, 75, who was at the Hycliff Terrace home when his wife was killed.
Police kept the road closed through Monday night and into Tuesday until just before 2 p.m., only allowing residents and vendors onto the short street. For a good amount of the time, police had the huge command truck parked there as well as a crime-scene investigations vehicle. Neighbors described police searching backyards and combing the neighborhood for evidence — signs that would suggest the death is being investigated as a homicide, though no criminal charges have been filed.
“We are talking to (Claxton) and with the neighbors,” Barcello said. “With him, obviously, he was in the house and we will interview anyone that was in the neighborhood that may have seen or heard something.”
The couple appeared to have no children and both were apparently born outside the United States, according to neighbors.
Residents in the tidy Westover neighborhood of well-kept homes on Tuesday afternoon described the Claxtons as private. Eden Claxton, they said, enjoyed gardening, evidenced by a plant-filled yard.
A next-door neighbor said Hycliff Terrace was a nice place to live, but it wasn’t the type of place where residents spent a lot of time with their neighbors except for a small block party held once a year in the cul-de-sac at the end of the street.
“They were quiet. They kept to themselves,” said Dean Godown, 82, who has lived in his home for 42 years and estimated the Claxtons had been there for at least 25 years. She was from the Philippines and he is from England and worked in information technology, Godown said.
“They seemed happy together as far as I can tell,” Godown said.
Venturing a guess as to what happened, Godown speculated a murder-suicide, “with the suicide part not finished. It’s all a mystery. It totally came out of the blue,” he said.
When asked if they are investigating a murder-attempted suicide, Barcello said, “We don’t know yet.”
A bit further down Halliwell Drive, Laura Schneck opened her door and said, “They were a very sweet couple, very soft spoken.”
Schneck said the two were devoted to each other. “I would see them walking together and they loved gardening. Whatever occurred up there is very out of character,” she said.Read Full Article